SEA Games begin with corruption claims

Terbaru  14 November 2011 - 16:41 WIB
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The Games have been marred by allegations of graft, our reporter said.

The 26th South East Asian Games begin in the Indonesian city of Palembang.

Preparations for the Games have seen many allegations of corruption.


Karishma Vaswani

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On the surface the sporting venues in Palembang look grand. But look a little closer, and you'll see that organisers are still trying to get things ready in time.

The roads are filled with dust, because of the unfinished work. Even the road signs need some fixing.

Allegations of graft have marred the Games from the start. Mohammad Nazaruddin, a senior politician from Indonesia's ruling party has been accused of taking bribes worth millions for awarding contracts to build the athletes' rooms. He's consistently denied the allegations but the scandal has cast an ugly shadow on the event.

Organisers admit the corruption scandal has impacted Palembang's ability to host a successful Games. But officials say this is the best they can do, and are optimistic Indonesia will deliver on time.

This is the first time Indonesia is hosting an event of this scale outside the capital city Jakarta. Hosting the games is a huge matter of pride for the local people in Palembang and for Indonesians around the archipelago.

But the event has been tainted by the all too familiar smear of Indonesian corruption.

Karishma Vaswani, BBC, Indonesia

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on the surface: sekilas, di permukaan

graft: korupsi

marred: mewarnai, mengotori

awarding contracts: memberikan berbagai kontrak

consistently denied the allegations: selalu membantah tuduhan

has cast an ugly shadow on the event: membayangi

impacted: berdampak

of this scale: skala sebesar ini

the archipelago: kepulauan

tainted by: ternoda oleh

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